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Yellow Ribbon Campaign Hopes for a Miracle
8 hours 35 min ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- Overwhelmed with grief and shock, South Korea remains immersed in a solemn atmosphere, even a week after the nation's worst ferry disaster in two decades. 

The tragedy that left at least 150 people dead and a similar number of others missing has consumed the people's minds, even changing their daily patterns....

Busan Prosecutors Office Looking into Corruption in Shipping Industry
9 hours 38 min ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan District Public Prosecutors' Office has started an investigation into corruption in the shipping business. 

A joint investigation team of police and prosecutors has begun a search and seizure against the headquarters of the Korean Register of Shipping in Gangseo-gu, Busan. 

The prosecutor's office has begun conducting an investigation on whether the registrar's office committed irregularities for ship tests and certifications....

Busan Education Office Cancels All School Trips this Semester
14 hours 41 min ago

BUSAN, South Korea -- The Busan Education Office has ordered every school in Busan to cancel all school trips in the school year's first semester. This is in accordance with Ministry of Education guidelines in connection with the ministry's field experience study. 

The Ministry of Education will decide if field trips can resume next semester. 

The education office cancelled all training activities and field experience studies in order to guarantee students' safety...

Nearly 90% of Seoul Residents Exposed to Secondhand Smoke Daily
1 day 15 hours ago

SEOUL, South Korea -- Nearly nine out of every 10 Seoul residents are exposed to secondhand smoking everyday with the time of exposure reaching more than seven minutes, a poll showed Monday. 

According to the survey of 1,000 Seoul residents taken by the municipal government in January, 88.6 percent of the respondents said that they were exposed to passive smoking about once a day. 

The respondents cited smoking among adolescents as the most serious social problem...

Four More Crew Members Arrested, Death Toll Rises to 65
2 days 9 hours ago

JINDO, South Korea -- Four crew members rescued from a sunken ferry were put under arrest today on charges of abandoning the ship and not fulfilling their duty to safely evacuate passengers, police officers said. 

A joint investigation team of police and prosecutors said that the four are facing charges of negligence of duty and breaking the standards of the Rescue and Aid at Sea and in the River Act. 

The arrests come three days after the arrests of the capsized...

UPDATE: Third Officer, Not Captain at the Helm of Korean Ferry When Accident Occurred
5 days 14 hours ago

JINDO, South Korea -- The captain of the Sewol was not at the helm of the ship when the ship capsized according to authorities at a press conference this morning. The third officer was at the wheel of the ship when the accident occurred, further adding mystery to what actually happened before disaster struck on the ship's journey.

"It is not clear where (the captain) was when the accident occurred, although it is clear that he was not in the steering room before the...

Death Toll Rises to 14, Bad Weather Hampers Search Efforts
6 days 5 hours ago

JINDO, South Korea -- Bad weather is delaying search and rescue operations for 282 missing passengers who had been aboard a ferry, which sank off the country’s southern coast on Wednesday. 14 passengers have been confirmed dead by the Chosun Ilbo.

Members of the UDT/SEAL and civilian divers attempted to enter the hull early this morning, but failed to do so due to strong currents. The weather further worsened in the afternoon, suspending rescue operations. 

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President Park Visits Shipwreck Site, Families of Passengers
6 days 7 hours ago

JINDO, South Korea -- President Park Geun-hye has visited the site where a ferry carrying 475 passengers sank off the country’s southern coast on Wednesday. 

The president today arrived at Seomang Port on the southern island of Jindo, South Jeolla Province. She took a boat to the capsized ship to check on rescue efforts by the military and coast guard officials. Nine passengers are confirmed dead and around 287 people are still unaccounted for. 

Park asked the...

Ship Captain Apologizes, Under Investigation for Negligence
6 days 14 hours ago

JINDO, South Korea -- The captain of the ship at the center of the ongoing search for 287 missing people apologized today to grieving family members.

The captain, Lee Joon-seok, was an eight-year veteran of the ship, though the main captain who had 20 years experience was off on vacation.

"I'm sorry. I'm at a loss for words," he said as he bowed, refusing to take questions while wearing a hoodie which covered his face.

The captain has been questioned for negligence in the...

8 Confirmed Killed, 288 Still Missing as Search Continues in Day 2
6 days 17 hours ago

JINDO, South Korea -- Eight people have been confirmed killed, with the fate of 288 others unknown, in the sinking of a South Korean ferry off the country's southwestern coast, officials said early Thursday. 

As military divers and other rescuers resumed a desperate search for survivors shortly after noon yesterday, two more bodies were recovered, the Coast Guard announced. 

The death toll is feared to soar, as search-and-rescue efforts have been hampered by swift...

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